You can download a free St John Ambulance first aid app that could potentially help you save a life as it’ll guide you through CPR and how to deal with a range of other emergencies.

The free app (download for Apple/iOSAndroid or BlackBerry) provides step-by-step guides, both in illustrated form and it also has voice instructions to keep your hands free for giving first aid.

If you’re a cyclist, there’s a separate first aid for cyclists app to keep with you while out on the road.  The First Aid for Cyclists app has tips on how to turn your cycling equipment into first aid kit. The app aims to give every cyclist the skills to deal with the most common cycling injuries, including head injuries, cuts and grazes, and muscle injuries.

Even basic first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. These two free first aid apps put potentially life-saving advice at your fingertips.



Research has shown that if you walk up and down the stairs for a few minutes, it could help to increase energy and motivation more than drinking a caffeinated drink.

It also helps to reduce inflammation in your body, which in turn could help to reduce your risk of conditions such as heart disease and arthritis.

According to WebMD, another way is to walk around the block – In experiments conducted by Robert Thayer, PhD, at California State University, a brisk 10-minute walk not only increased energy, but the effects lasted up to two hours. And when the daily 10-minute walks continued for three weeks, overall energy levels and mood were lifted.



The bed company N: Rem whose mattress toppers I have raved about before now have a new type of mattress.

The new DUO mattress which is suitable for different types of pain.

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They offer a risk-free, 100-night trial and have free delivery and a payment plan should you wish to pay that way.

If you wanted to give it a try then get £30 off by putting the code BACKPAINBLOG as you check out.



Qigong Therapy is a form of Chinese medicine which helps increase energy, alleviate pain and ease fatigue. All of which sounds like a miracle to me! When employing this technique, you will move into specific physical postures to help ease tension over your whole body.

“The best guarantee for receiving outstanding results in energy healing is to find a skilled practitioner of a Chinese based healing system who also has knowledge of a good Qigong system, and is willing to teach you how to improve your own energy and health. Why would someone not want to receive healing from a Wisdom that is at least 5,000 years old?” Master Xu Xiang Cai.

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi – Nobel Prize for Medicine 1937

It is similar to the theory of ying and yang, and that everything is related. In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi is treated as the fundamental substance of the human body, and its movements explain various life processes.

Qigong (also spelled Ch’i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (Qi).

Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. In the past, qigong was also called Nei Gong (inner work) and Dao Yin (guiding energy).

Unlike acupuncture, A Medical Qigong Therapy treatment does not include the insertion of needles. Instead, the energy emitted from the fingers and palms of the practitioner is used to adjust the flow of Qi; weakened energies are strengthened, excessive energies are gently purged and then your complete system is balanced to create a wonderful sense of overall harmony. The action of this emitted energy is not limited to the surface acupuncture points and may be as deep as required – to reach meridians, muscles, tendons and internal organs directly.

There is an interesting video on Qigong Therapy  on the Qi Healing Website.